what is a pleonasm and what are some examples?
what is a pleonasm and what are some examples
- JankoLv 67 years agoBest Answer
A pleonasm results from using more words than are necessary for clear communication. "You will receive a free gift gratis!" would be a pleonasm, since a gift is always free and gratis just means "for free."
Sometimes a pleonastic expression uses an adjective to intensify a quality inherent in the noun, although strictly speaking, the adjective is unnecessary, as its meaning is already included in the noun:
"sudden impulse" Impulses are not slow and deliberate, but are always relatively sudden.
"mutual cooperation" If it's not mutual, it's not cooperation.
"unexpected emergency" When are emergencies ever expected?